Thursday, September 10, 2009
Botanical name : Butea monosperma (Lam.) Taub.
Family : Fabaceae
Palasa, Kimsuka, Raktapushpa, Ksharasreshta
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Flame of the forest
Hindi : Palas, Dhak
Malayalam : Chamata, Plash
Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes, also cultivated in roadsides.
A medium sized deciduous tree, grows up to 15 meters in height. Leaves imparipinnate, trifoliate, leaflets big, obtuse and glabrous. Flowers bright red, large, in racemes; fruits green pods, containing one seed.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, intestinal worms, diabetes, colic, flatulence, inflammation, arthritis, and skin diseases.
Useful part : Bark, Leaves, Flowers, Seeds, Gum.